Conceptual art

American artist Sol LeWitt is considered the pioneer of conceptual art. In 1967 he compiles a manifesto entitled Paragraphs on Conceptual Art, which would become the basis for this art movement. In conceptual art, the idea or concept is the core of the artwork.


LeWitt sets down on paper all his plans for works. He regards the execution as only ‘a matter of settlement’, something that can be done equally well by others. This large drawing on one of the walls in the Kröller-Müller Museum is also made not by himself, but by his assistants, based on his carefully formulated instructions.

Giant spider’s web

The entire wall is covered with a fine grid of pencil lines. Each square of the grid has the prescribed size of 4 by 4 centimetres. Then, from the horizontal centre line on the left and right side of the wall, sections of circles are drawn. The final result is a surface with a regular structure that covers the wall and forms a whole with it, like a giant spider’s web.